|A display of bulk produce at Stop & Shop in Teaneck, where prices are competitive with Costco Wholesale in Hackensack and lower in one or two cases.|
Do I have to pay a fortune for good produce?
I can't think of a store where the fruit and vegetables have always been perfect, including Costco Wholesale, which sells premium produce at a lower price than most other retailers.
From ShopRite, I've brought home fruit that either never ripens or rots when left out overnight.
At H Mart, I returned mangoes that were brown and rotting inside.
At Costco, I got a refund for mealy pears, and when we cut open "Washington Extra Fancy" Fuji apples, they were brown inside.
I asked for a refund when Trader Joe's organic pears never ripened on the kitchen counter.
In April 2011, I said produce prices were rising and quality was slipping at Costco in Hackensack.
A few days ago, a reader commented on that item: